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Little Classics News: 20 July 2015
Photos: Mark Constanduros & Tony Adams

Classics Attack the Hill at Shelsley Walsh Classic Nostalgia

Derek Bell leaves the line in the Porsche 956

Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb saw record spectator numbers over the weekend as the historic motorsport venue hosted its Classic Nostalgia, a period themed motoring extravaganza.

A carnival atmosphere of sights, smells and sounds from over the years, where decades of classic racing cars in action were accompanied by live music, dancing and period dress – and even some racing heroes, such as five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell.

Derek took to the hill on several occasions during Sunday with the Jaguar XJ12C from 1976, the famous Porsche 956 (top) that he shared with Stefan Bellof and then one lucky prize winner from his old college in Worcester got a spirited drive up the hill in the Bentley Continental GT.

Keith Harris and his Chevron B25

Another famous motoring gentleman in attendance was veteran Jaguar test and development driver Norman Dewis, who will be celebrating his 95th birthday next month, and drove an E-Type Jaguar up the course, before carrying out interviews and signing autographs.

Many closely- fought battles took place on the track, with local man Keith Harris taking Best Time of Day on both days in his 1973 Chevron (above) racing car.

Teme Valley driver and regular MAC competitor Malcolm Thorne brought along his latest acquisition, a 1962 Lotus 24 BRM (below), making its debut at Shelsley Walsh and declaring the car to be simply incredible to drive!

Malcolm Thorne (seated left) and his 1962 Lotus 24 BRM

Other successful drivers included Worcester competitor Paul Jones, driving his Britax Mini Cooper (below), taking a class win and being absolute thrilled to be congratulated by Derek Bell himself in the paddock after his run, with motivational advice to ‘just keep pushing’.

Saturday saw a full entry with class wins for Stephen Luscombe in an MG Midget and Andrew Walker in an MGB in the Luffield Cars MGCC Speed Championship. Bill Tuer took the honours in his 1932 Morgan Racing in the Morgan Three Wheeler competition.

Paul Jones (L) with his Britax Mini Cooper and Derek Bell (R).

The Bert Hadley Memorial Championship saw wins for Bernard Cowley in his 1930 Austin Seven in the road class and Terry Griffin with his 1931 Austin Seven Race Special in the track category.

Further class wins were achieved by well known event sponsor Paul Matty in his Lotus 35, Jonathan Williamson in his Porsche 911 Carrera, Garry Cox in a Reliant Scimitar Coupe, Richard Mason in an Austin Healey 3000, Finlay Mackintosh in a Cooper Mk 6 and Edward Tack in an Argo JM8, amongst others.

Sunday’s competition saw class wins for Hugo Pickup in an Austin 7 Ulster, Terry Drinkwater in an MGA Coupe, Tom Cowley in a 1952 Cooper, Miuke Gallery in a 1965 Mini Cooper S, Nick Stephens in a Lotus 51B, Kim Johnson in a Mallock and Richard Mason in an Austin Healey 3000.

Classic and Sports Car concours winning car Lancia Aurelia

Summing up, Tony Harrison of the MAC Sports and Classic Section said: “What a successful event, it is just wonderful to see so many people here and to witness the superb collection of cars in action. Derek Bell and the Le Mans cars have added a little extra spice and excitement to the proceedings and it has taken quite a few of us back to the heady days of the 50s and 60s, brilliant!”

The car park was full of classic car clubs and classic car owners all out enjoying the sun and having picnics. Some even took up the invitation to take part in the Classic and Sports Cars Concours which was won by Chris Sherwood from Hereford with his Lancia Aurelia Cabriolet (above). The car was the 1951 Geneva Motor Show car built by Pinifarina and displayed on their stand at the 1951 show.

Kent Abrahamson in the Jaguar XJR9

Jaguar’s numerous anniversaries were celebrated with a stunning display of cars including three E-types, the Italian Job, Geneva Motor Show car, and Denis Jenkinsons. The last Ecurie Ecosse C-type and a Jaguar XKSS rounded off the display cars. Those demonstrating on the hill were the Broadspeed XJ12C and Group 44 along with Ian Callum’s Mk2.

Next event is Championship Challenge on the 15th and 16th August with the Avon Tyres / TTC Group British Hill Climb Championship.



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